All posts filed under: PROJECTS

Half Bathroom Remodel

So I wanted to paint the half bathroom. I finally decided on SW Pale Oak for the walls and BM White Dove for all the trim.   This is how the painting project turned into a total remodel. BEFORE   When I attempted to remove the framed mirror hanging on the wall above the vanity, I quickly realized the layers of paint around the frame had complicated a clean removal. Enlisting the help of my husband, he cut through the paint around the frame. It turned out that the mirror was glued to paper, which was glued to the sheetrock.   Then, we realized that the counter top (which we assume was once a light cream or white) had yellowed. Initially, I thought I could just paint the cabinet and then we could just buy a new countertop. But the cabinet and countertop were not a standard size. This meant we would have to cut the countertop. I did not like the fact that we could ruin the countertop with one wrong move while cutting …

Makeover In Progress: Den

The walls of the house are various shades of cream and tan. I am thankful everything is pretty neutral but in general, everything is much warmer than I would prefer. All the walls, trim, ceilings, and cabinets need painting. But, after painting the laundry room, I remembered, I hate painting. This house, like most in the surrounding area, has an upstairs living area, sometimes referred to as a game room. This is slowly becoming our den (the formal living room, downstairs, is completely empty and will be quite the project). Just like every other room in the home, we are happily using the hand-me-down furniture and decor we have had for years. This room is also housing the rustic, Restoration Hardware inspired, coffee table my husband and brother made. But I worry that this room looks random (Asian, rustic, and traditional mixed together) though I have been pretty deliberate choosing what I put in this room and where I put it.  I am calling this room a colorful and eclectic mix of pieces. I have …

Backyard Projects

In addition to inside projects, we have been working on the backyard as well. When we started looking for our first home, a big backyard was one of our priorities because we have an 85 pound dog. Our realtor found this home and even though it did not have the big open backyard, we really loved it and we liked the covered patio and pool, which we have really enjoyed and our dog seems to be pretty happy with it too. The pool has required some work but I’m sure we and the dog will appreciate it when it’s 90 degrees. Initial Updates The portion of the yard with the pool was fenced in but that included the grassy areas so we needed to fence in just the pool not an entire portion of the yard. So my husband built a wooden fence to meet up with the mesh fence the former owners put up, only blocking off the pool (eventually, he will replace the mesh fencing with more wooden fencing). In order to transition …